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Poet’s Corner 2

Police Reports 3

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“Posted

com.”

It’s a phrase you’ll see

throughout this special edition.

It means subscribers to

the Malibu Surfside News

website were first to see a

particular story.

Sometimes it’s above a report

that had an initial sense

of urgency. Take the sinkhole

the other day on Pacific

Coast Highway. We reported

it first on our website, adding

a video of crews making

repairs not long after.

Sometimes it’s with a

story of great magnitude.

For example, on Monday,

Malibu Surfside News

in response to a COVID-19

surge, including an uptick

in cases in Malibu, Los

Angeles County implemented

new restrictions on

where and with whom you

can congregate, at home

and in public.

This followed a temporary

rollback of in-person

dining in the county.

We wrote about these

sweeping changes first

on our website, with an

updated story elsewhere in

these pages.

Sometimes you’ll

find the phrase above a

story that’s lighthearted

in nature. Exhibit A: Our

interview with a star of

the Malibu High School

Theatre Department’s

production of “She Kills

Monsters,” the first Zoom

play for the school.

Our website is where

Surfside News readers get

their Malibu news first —

and get it now. Subscribers

also get alerts about breaking

news and other stories

of local interest by email.

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return to our weekly paper

as soon as possible. But it’s

been a tough year for our

advertisers and for local

newspapers. We suspect restrictions

like the ones now

in effect won’t make the

coming weeks or months

any easier.

Rest assured, we’re not

going anywhere; we’re

simply adapting to the

world amidst a pandemic.

For now, we’re mailing

out a printed monthly special

edition. We’re grateful

to the businesses who are

able to advertise in our

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thank you for supporting

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POET’S CORNER

Editor’s Note: Malibu Surfside News asked students to interpret

the world around them in prose. Here we present two of the

submissions.

“A DISTANT BOND”

Communities all over the

world sit,

isolated,

eyes glazing over screens.

“Alone together”, they

hear as they await the

moment that their arms

surround another

Or their hand stings from

high-fiving someone

else’s.

Like prisoners we sit,

In our cells,

Quivering under the

relentless wrath of this

infection.

Not just the virus,

but our mandatory sequestration

from society.

For now we must stand

alone in body,

But in spirit we hold each

other up.

We must hold each other

up under the constant

emotional pain,

Through the constant

onset of worry.

So hold on.

Grip onto those you care

for.

No,

Not through touch,

But through your screens,

Your devices,

Your literature,

Your art.

Yes,

pressure of our dilemma

pushes down on our relationships,

But we must persist.

Persist to fortify these

bonds and not let them

turn to ruins.

Though our eyes may

sting from the countless

hours staring into blue

light,

We must remember that

the dark glasses will be

removed,

Revealing the gorgeous

world we once knew.

— Chloe Loquet, eighth

grade, Malibu Middle School

“A PANDEMIC POEM”

A virus came and cancelled

school

Distance orders were in

rule

friendships were altered

instead we went on walks

and had long talks

we picnicked on the lawn

— Caidyn Ovsiowitz, eighth

grade, Malibu Middle School

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POLICE REPORTS

Thieves make off with a bounty of beauty products

MICHELE WILLER-ALLRED

Staff Reporter

Nov. 22

• About 40 Olay brand

and other beauty products,

with a total value of

$3,070, were stolen from

CVS Pharmacy, 23805

Malibu Road. An employee

noticed the items

missing on Nov. 19 while

doing daily inventory at

the store. Security video

showed two females entering

the store at approximately

11:35 a.m. and

walking through several

aisles until they separated.

One was seen taking

items from shelves and

placing them inside her

purse and walking out the

entrance.

Nov. 19

ª Two designer purses,

with a total value of $800,

a $500 Gucci wallet and

$400 worth of sunglasses

and headphones reportedly

were stolen from a

vehicle parked at the Escondido

Fall trail head,

27751 Pacific Coast

Highway. The alleged

victim stated she left her

vehicle at approximately

1 p.m. She returned at

3:30 p.m. to find a window

smashed and items

missing from inside. She

witnessed two males

seated in black Mercedes,

and she believed they saw

her place items in her car

trunk before going hiking.

Nov. 17

• Credit cards and a passport

were reportedly stolen

sometime between

2:30 and 7:30 a.m. from

an unlocked vehicle

parked at a residence on

Castlerock Road.

Nov. 13

• A $500 Coach purse,

$80 cash and credit cards

were among items reportedly

stolen from a vehicle

parked on Solstice Canyon

Road. The alleged

victim stated that he went

hiking around 1 p.m., and

found his vehicle window

smashed and items missing

when he returned at

2:30 p.m.

Nov. 11

• About $475 worth of

perfume testers, and a

$26 tube of Too Faced

Better than Sex mascara

reportedly were stolen

from Sephora, 3846

Cross Creek Road. Security

video showed that on

Nov. 1, a male grabbing

the items off the shelf and

stuffing them down the

front of his pants. A male

and female in the video

are under investigation by

Sephora’s loss prevention

investigators for multiple

thefts at several store locations.

Nov. 9

• About 14 packages from

Amazon.com reportedly

were stolen from a delivery

vehicle on Royal

Stone Drive. The alleged

victim stated that on Nov.

8, he found an empty

delivery tote bag on the

side of the road. When he

checked the inventory of

his packages he was delivering,

he realized the

tote bag was one missing

from his vehicle.

The Malibu Surfside News

police reports are compiled

from official records on file

at the Los Angeles County

Sheriff’s Department

Malibu/Lost Hills Station.

Individuals named in these

reports are considered innocent

until proven guilty in

a court of law.

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Chabad of Malibu’s menorah: Providing light, love for 25 years

6

DAYS AGO

BARBARA BURKE

Staff Reporter

A tradition for 25 years,

the Chabad of Malibu menorah

will light the way for

local Jews — while encouraging

everyone to “Lighten

Up” and “Celebrate Freedom”

— soon at the corner

of Webb Way and Pacific

Coast Highway.

“Rabbi Levi Cunin

and his wife, Sarah, have

brought the lights of kindness

and goodwill to the

Malibu community for decades,”

Kian Shulman told

Malibu Surfside News as

she discussed the genesis

of a large menorah every

Hanukkah.

“I was happy to encourage

Rabbi Cunin, 25 years

ago, to bring the message

of light, hope and miracles

that the menorah represents

to Malibu.”

Rabbi Cunin chimed in

with his recollections of the

menorah.

“It’s pretty amazing to

think about the impact of

Malibu’s menorah display

over the years,” Cunin said.

“I remember the first year

that we put our menorah out

along Pacific Coast Highway

… I spoke with the

people who ran the creche,

and we discussed that it is

surprising that the Christians

don’t celebrate Hanukkah

because the early

Christians celebrated Hanukkah.

Those Christians

who were also practicing

Judaism were lighting the

menorah.”

Mary Kuepper, who

started the tradition of Malibu’s

creche, accepted that

concept, the rabbi recalled,

“and thought that the historical

account was very

interesting.”

The rabbi also shared

how the menorah was designed.

“I spoke to a local artist

in the community, Nili

Leemon, and she designed

our menorah, which is still

on the roof of the Chabad

and it is beautiful,” he said.

“Nili made the menorah

look like a piece of art, like

a tree.”

This year, the menorah

will be at the creche site, as

it has been for the last couple

of years, Rabbi Cunin said.

“We will have the menorah

up in time for Hanukkah,

which begins on Dec. 10. We

will try to get it up sooner

than that, but we have to do

some repairs to it.”

High winds, he noted,

damaged the menorah last

year.

Surfside News queried

about the significance of

the menorah.

“The menorah represents

the victory of light over

darkness. It’s the testament

to the fact that, eventually,

the light always per-

The menorah belonging

to Chabad of Malibu will

soon go up at Webb Way

and Pacific Coast Highway.

SUBMITTED PHOTO

severes,” Cunin said. “The

idea is that each one of us is

a menorah and we are meant

to serve the best purposes

in the world — to generate

light — it’s tantamount to

us being a source of light to

others, a source of goodness

and kindness sharing peace,

love and God’s joy with the

community.”

For Shulman, the menorah

is a symbol of hope.

“May everyone’s miracle

prayer be fulfilled this

year and may our hearts

unify creating the miracle

of loving kindness for all

our brothers and sisters, no

matter what religious affiliation,”

she said.

“Malibu is a mixed community

of Christians, those

who are Jewish, Buddhists,

Hindus and atheists. However,

we are all united under

the rainbow of love.”

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Hanukkah is upon us

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Everything is different!

So much of the “usual” is

gone. The good news is,

the eight-day Festival of

Lights, known as Hanukkah

is upon us! Starting Dec. 10,

Jews around the world will

begin kindling the lights of

the menorah and celebrating

Hanukkah. Yes, this year

will be different, but that

can’t get in the way of us

being present to the joy of

this holiday and the important

universal message of

Hanukkah.

Indeed, whether you are

of the Jewish faith or not,

the story of Hanukkah is one

with profound lessons for

all humanity. It’s about the

victory of light over darkness.

Hanukkah is observed

by kindling candles for eight

consecutive nights. When we

light the candles, we meditate

on the similarities our

souls have with the flame.

The force of life within each

of us provides us with our inner

flame and the ability to

spread light. Our light can

illuminate our homes and

our collective candles can illuminate

the world.

This candle journey reveals

to us that just as one

single candle is capable of

lighting countless others.

By the same token, when

our own candle shines we

become a beacon of light

for others.

For the past 26 years,

Chabad of Malibu has been

hosting public Hanukkah

events. This year, we will

6

DAYS AGO

be hosting nightly Facebook

Live events, so that

we can gather together and

celebrate online. We also

have plenty of menorahs

available for you and your

family. Please visit us online

www.jewishmalibu.com for

all your Hanukkah needs.

There is a great deal of

darkness around us. Our

light is needed even more.

Let us undertake our role as

candles so that together we

will illuminate and transform

the darkness in our

corner of the world. Imagine

the effect ... a world

filled with true, selfless,

light and love.

Happy Hanukkah!

For more information, or to

receive a menorah, please email

office@jewishmalibu.com.


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It’s back to takeout, delivery

only for Malibu restaurants

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8

DAYS AGO

SCOTT STEEPLETON, Editor

Thanksgiving Eve must

have seemed like the Bill

Murray movie “Groundhog

Day” for Malibu eateries

as they again found themselves

trapped in a time loop

where in-person dining was

banned and they were only

allowed to offer take-away

or delivery service.

The turnabout, which

will be in place for at least

three weeks and for which

Los Angeles County gave a

72-hour notice, is the latest

move in the fight against

coronavirus.

As of Monday, the county

had recorded 400,919 confirmed

cases; Malibu 156.

The city had recorded three

deaths related to the virus;

the county 7,655.

Critics say the outdoor

dining ban is based on

something other than science.

When asked by Supervisor

Kathryn Barger

during Tuesday’s Board of

Supervisors meeting how

many COVID outbreaks in

L.A. County can be traced

to restaurants, Muntu Davis,

county health officer,

could not cite a single case.

Still, some diners say local

government is acting in

the public’s interest.

“If it keeps people alive,

it’s OK with me,” Kendra

Davis, who was celebrating

a friend’s birthday Nov. 25

Diners at Tra di Noi take advantage of one of the last

seatings on Thanksgiving Eve before a three-week ban

on in-person dining — even outdoors — took effect.

SCOTT STEEPLETON/SURFSIDE NEWS

outdoors at Taverna Tony,

told Surfside News.

“We’re in the middle of a

horrible pandemic,” Davis

said. “We don’t really feel

it in Malibu, but I know

it’s very real, and innocent

people are dying.”

Like other restaurants at

Malibu Country Mart, Taverna

Tony “will be adhering

to new L.A. County guidelines

and will be pivoting

to takeout and delivery

only,” said spokeswoman

Ally Brayton. “They look

forward to reopening their

outdoor patio and indoor

dining space once permitted

by the state, county and

local officials.”

At Duke’s Malibu, Jimmy

Chavez, the general

manager, was upbeat about

how his restaurant will respond.

“We’ve got no choice but

to make the takeout model

work,” he said. “We’re going

to try a few new things

like Taco Tuesday to-go and

ride out the restrictions.”

“Hopefully we’re back up

and running for in-person

dining soon,” Chavez said.

Helene Henderson, owner

of Malibu Farm, said,

“Since all outdoor dining

has been closed down, we

will be offering ‘to-go’

only with a combined menu

from both the restaurant

and the cafe. There is a link

on our website to place togo

orders, or you can order

from the hostess stand on

the pier.”

“The pier and adjacent

beaches and beach parking

is currently open.”

Dave Knapp, general

manager at Café Habana at

Malibu Lumber Yard, told

Surfside News the entire

menu will be available togo;

no delivery.

“We have some new

items on the menu, too.”

Also to-go: the cafe’s

shaken or blended margaritas,

in Casamigos screwtop

jars.

“They’re very easy for

people to take with them,”

Knapp said.

Back at Taverna Tony,

Kendra Davis said having

food delivered suits her just

fine.

“So I don’t get to go to a

restaurant for three weeks,”

she said. “Oh, well.”

Gatherings of mixed households banned over COVID

SCOTT STEEPLETON, Editor

If you focused on the Board

of Supervisors bickering Nov.

24 over an order banning outdoor

dining to coincide with

Thanksgiving, you probably

missed county Public Health director

Barbara Ferrer laying out

a future filled with even more

restrictions.

The prohibitions that took

effect at 10 p.m. Thanksgiving

Eve are aimed at protecting

health care workers and include

forcing food establishments to

do delivery or takeout service

only.

But some, including two

county supervisors and a group

of chambers of commerce and

business organizations, called

the Coalition for Safe Reopening,

question whether limiting

what already struggling businesses

and their equally struggling

employees can do is the

wrong antidote.

In a statement announcing a

press conference in Los Angeles

decrying the board’s action,

the Coalition for Safe Reopening

called the board’s action

“arbitrary and costly” and made

“with little, if any scientific

data.”

“The results will be catastrophic

for an already struggling

business community who

are looking for alternatives such

as rapid testing in order to protect

their employees, families

and communities,” coalition

leaders said.

However, that order was only

the beginning.

During the meeting, Ferrer

previewed what’s billed as a

“targeted stay-at-home order,”

including a ban on all public

and private gatherings involving

mixed households.

Outdoor church and protests

are exempt.

While likely to go unenforced,

there would be a 10 p.m.-5 a.m.

curfew except for essential services,

and childcare, schools

and libraries could continue at

20 percent capacity.

Here’s more of what’s in

store:

• “Essential” indoor retailers

allowed to stay open at at

35 percent capacity

• “Non-essential” indoor retailers

allowed to stay open

at 20 percent capacity

• Playing outdoors, running,

swimming and biking are

OK, so long as participants

adhere to social distance

and face-cover guidelines

Gathering at beaches and

parks would be prohibited,

and pools serving more than

one residence could only offer

lap swimming. So-called nonessential

office space would

remain closed. This includes

office-based businesses, bars,

playgrounds, theaters, spectator

performances.

Youth sports could continue.

Fitness centers can continiue

operating outdoors, at 50 percent

occupancy.

The Coalition for Safe Reopening

has a three-point Economic

and Public Health Recovery

Plan, based on Gov. Gavin

Newsom’s order to temporarily

close indoor dining and operations

for restaurants in 19 counties

less than a month after allowing

them to reopen.

The plan includes:

• Requiring the state to

use emergency funds to

supplement funding for

county health departments

and enforcement divisions

that oversee adherence to

reopening regulations. That

would include authorizing

counties to grant immediate

reopening for all restaurants

and bars that demonstrate

compliance with that

county’s reopening regulations,

in accordance with

state regulations.

• Creation of a California

COVID-19 Emergency

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Malibu Supervisor Kuehl votes

against lifting outdoor dining ban

SCOTT STEEPLETON, Editor

A motion by two members

of the Los Angeles County

Board of Supervisors to

keep in place limited outdoor

dining amid a surge in CO-

VID-19 cases failed on Nov.

24, with Malibu’s representative,

Sheila Kuehl, being

among the three votes in opposition.

The action meant, effective

10 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve,

establishments that sell food

will, for a minimum of three

weeks, be open for delivery

and takeout only.

This, despite an outpouring

of opposition to a move that

will surely hurt businesses in

Malibu and beyond, a measure

the Los Angeles County

Economic Development Corporation

estimates will cost

700,000 food-industry jobs,

75 percent of whom earn

$50,000 or less per year.

The vote took place mere

hours before the county released

data detailing 51 new

COVID-related deaths —

the highest number reported

since Sept. 9 — and 3,692

new cases.

It’s been updated since,

with Malibu recording 156

cases as of Monday, while

the county reached 400,919.

Related deaths for the city

and county were, respectively,

three and 7,655.

Citing “overwhelming

public response and serious

economic and social implications

from closing outdoor

dining at restaurants,”

the Fifth District’s Kathryn

Barger and Fourth District’s

Janice Hahn urged the others

to reconsider last week’s

decision by the board and

county Department of Public

Health to close outdoor

dining if cases hit a specific

threshold.

With cases crossing that

threshold, the order went out

that Nov. 25 would, for the

time being, be the last day for

outdoor dining.

“I don’t support the decision

to shut down outdoor

dining right now,” Hahn said.

“It would be one thing if we

had a new stimulus from the

federal government so that

we could help the restaurants

and the people losing their

paychecks — but we don’t.”

Nor, she said, does it appear

the data “prove that

outdoor dining is driving the

recent surge in cases, nor do

we have the data to assure us

that this action will turn our

case numbers around. I am

also very worried that it will

drive more people to indoor

gathering.”

Hahn was eager to note

that we are “facing a crisis

that demands action.”

“We need you to stop gathering

with friends and family,

especially indoors,” she urged

residents. “Please cancel your

plans: I know I did. This situation

is serious. Our healthcare

employees, our workers, and

businesses are depending on

us turning this around.”

The motion sought to

maintain existing restrictions

on restaurants — including

outdoor dining only at 50

percent capacity and open

for takeout only from 10 p.m.

to 6 a.m. — and “re-engage

the restaurant sector of the

Economic Resiliency Task

Force to discuss any additional

measures that could

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Having spent money to accommodate diners outdoors per

county COVID-19 regulations, Marmalade Cafe’s parking lot

tent and outdoor seating areas sit empty after the county’s

Nov. 25 order temporarily banning in-person dining took

effect. SCOTT STEEPLETON/SURFSIDE NEWS

significantly limit the spread

of COVID-19.”

When it came time to vote,

however, the co-authors were

alone in their support.

Said the Second District’s

Mark Ridley-Thomas: “Allowing

outdoor dining, where

people of mixed households

gather to dine and mingle

without face masks, is inconsistent

to our request for

people to stay home.”

The notion that the new

closure is imperative to protect

healthcare workers was

behind Kuehl’s no vote.

“County residents and

business owners, including

restaurant owners have made

extraordinary sacrifices over

the last eight months,” she

said. “But we face infection

rates that could overrun our

hospitals and put every man,

woman and child, not simply

those with serious cases of

COVID, at mortal risk.”

“Outdoor restaurants are

the only place where people

are permitted to sit for hours

9

without masks while servers

do not maintain physical distance

in order to take orders

and serve food,” Kuehl added.

“Given our caseload, I strongly

believe this was a smart and

responsible decision that puts

people’s lives above all other

considerations.”

Among the local businesses

urging the board to reconsider

the order was Malibu Wines

& Beer Garden, which encouraged

its fans to fill out a

form noting their opposition.

In a related matter, a Los

Angeles County Superior

Court judge kept alive a

lawsuit filed by the California

Restaurant Association

seeking to overturn the order.

While it didn’t make a

difference before last week’s

closure order, the ruling will

give association attorneys a

chance this week to make the

argument that Los Angeles

County has failed to make a

proper case for the shutdown.

Christi Hogin

stepping down

as Malibu city

attorney

SCOTT STEEPLETON, Editor

Christi Hogin, an attorney with Best Best &

Krieger and who for more than two decades has

served as city attorney of Malibu, is stepping down

from the city post in two weeks — one day after a

new City Council is sworn in.

According to outgoing City Council member

Jefferson “Zuma Jay” Wagner, Hogin’s last day is

Dec. 15.

“City Hall will be very busy on that day and the

day before as the three incoming council members

will be sworn in on Dec. 14 ,” Wagner said. “The

three outgoing council members, including myself,

and Ms. Hogin will all end their service to the

city the next day.”

Wagner and Skylar Peak could not run in the

Nov. 3 election because of term limits. The other

outgoing council member is Rick Mullen, who

failed in his bid for a second term.

Hogin is not a city employee. Rather, she, Trevor

Rusin, a Best Best & Krieger partner who serves

as assistant city attorney, and other attorneys are

under contract with the city for a variety of matters.

According to the Best Best & Krieger website,

Hogin also serves as city attorney for Artesia, Lomita

and Palos Verdes Estates. She reportedly will

be leaving those positions as well.

In a letter announcing her retirement, Hogin said

the birth of her first grandson “has brought me a

whole new priority and I choose now to rearrange

my life to spend every moment I can with him.”

Hogin met Malibu’s first council-elect in August

1990. Since then, she writes in her letter, “I have

dedicated myself to advancing Malibu´s commitment

to being a responsible steward of this beautiful

piece of California and to protecting local control

of this rural residential community.”

She said she’s grateful to have served every

council “and honored to have served alongside

each city manager since incorporation.”

“My best wishes to the new City Council and

may the joy and strength of community always

find a home in Malibu.”

Staff Reporter Barbara Burke contributed to this

report.


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COVID

From Page 10

Business Interruption

Fund to provide

grants to businesses

to cover expenses related

to safe reopening

in June 2020,

as well as all losses

including displaced

revenue related to the

July 1 closure order

and future unanticipated

closures.

• Creation of a Safe

Re-Opening Task

Force which would

work directly with

state and local officials

in the implementation

of mandatory

testing and

creation of recovery

centers as the dual

alternative to shutting

down segments of the

economy.

Sinkhole closes lane on PCH

SCOTT STEEPLETON, Editor

Water main issues caused

headaches in several parts of

Malibu over the weekend.

Leaks had Los Angeles

County Waterworks District

29 crews scrambling

to two blocks of Malibu

Road on Nov. 29. Affected

residents were notified of

the issues in a door-to-door

effort.

Earlier in the day, a water

main break near Corral

Canyon caused a small

sinkhole on Pacific Coast

Highway, with motorists

being diverted around the

compromised roadway.

Waterworks District 29

personnel also responded

to that incident to repair the

damaged pipe.

Surfside News reporter

Barbara Burke was on

scene and said traffic was

being redirected with pylons

because the area was

cordoned off awaiting geophysical

experts to assess

the damage to the roadway

and plan repairs.

The right lane of PCH

was closed for a time and

officials had no initial estimate

on when the work

would be finished and traffic

back to normal.

A sheriff’s deputy told

Surfside News that prior

to the incident, water was

seen bubbling up, which

likely caused the sinkhole.

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A water main break was blamed for a sinkhole Nov. 29 on Pacific Coast Highway near

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Give Your Input on the City’s

Wireless Communication Facility

Ordinance Update

at the Virtual Public Workshop

Wednesday, December 16 | 6 PM

The City is currently in the process of updating its Wireless

Communication Facility Ordinance. On Wednesday, December 16

at 6:00 PM, the City will host a virtual public workshop to solicit

comments from the community on a draft ordinance and desired

outcomes. The workshop will include an overview of the existing

City ordinance, federal and state regulatory frameworks for wireless

facilities. This meeting is the first of a series of public meetings to

review the proposed ordinance update which will include a Planning

Commission Meeting and City Council Meeting.

Public comment may also be submitted by email to afernandez@

malibucity.org.

For more information, including a project timeline, background, and

instructions on viewing and participating in the workshop, visit the

iproject web page at malibucity.org/wcf.

For further questions contact Adrian Fernandez, Principal Planner at

310-456-2489, ext. 482 or email afernandez@malibucity.org.

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FAITH BRIEFS

Malibu Pacific Church (3324 Malibu Canyon Road,

310-456-1611)

Livestream service

10:15 a.m. Sunday. Live worship

broadcast. Tune in at malibupacific.

church/live.

Virtual prayer

To share a prayer request, submit to

Wendi. To pray with a deacon, contact

Annie McRae or (310) 310-4889.

Virtual ministry gatherings

Individual ministries will meet

through their devices through various

digital platforms like Zoom and

YouTube. Each ministry leader will

contact members on how to connect.

Our Lady of Malibu Church (3625 Winter Canyon Road,

310-456-2361)

Livestream Mass

8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday; 12:10

p.m. Monday through Saturday (followed

by The Rosary). Email frmatt@olmalibu.org

for the links and

passwords to join.

Waveside Church (6955 Fernhill Drive, 310-774-1927)

Sundays Live from the Barn

10:10 a.m. Sunday at wavesidechurch.com/live.

Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue (24855 PCH,

310-456-2178)

Livestream Friday Night Services

6 p.m. Friday.

Shabbat Morning Service

9-10 a.m. Saturday.

Livestream Torah Study

10:15 a.m. Saturday, with Rabbi

Michael Schwartz.

For more information, go to facebook.com/MJCS2020.

Malibu United Methodist Church (30128 Morning View

Drive, 310-457-7505)

Livestream service

10:30 a.m. Sunday. Worship via

Zoom. To register to join, go to malibuumc.org.

St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church (28211 Pacific Coast

Highway, 310-457-7966)

Livestream service

10 a.m. Sunday. To join worship,

go to facebook.com/staidanmalibu/

videos.

Tree lot boosts MHS athletics

SCOTT STEEPLETON, Editor

How many times have

you stood shoulder to

shoulder with another

shopper at a Christmas

tree lot waiting to see

who makes the first move

on the perfect conifer?

The pandemic has

changed the rules, meaning

you’ll have to “Hang

Six” this year.

If you want to pick a

great tree while supporting

a good cause, consider

buying yours — and

all sorts of other holiday

items — from the

nonprofit Malibu High

School Athletic Booster

Club, whose lot is located

off Civic Center Way

(the chili cook off lot).

The sale started on

Nov. 27.

The lot, run each year

by volunteers, typically

raises up to $40,000 for

student athletics.

“This all supports

athletes at Malibu High

School,” Lena Jemelian,

co-chair of the lot

with Doug Carroll and

mother of MHS tennis

and soccer player,

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Seat to open on school board

MICHELE WILLER-ALLRED

Staff Reporter

Could Malibu see additional

representation on the

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified

School District Board of Education?

That would depend on who

applies and who is selected for

a vacant board seat this month.

Applications are to be posted

online in early December for

Gabby Jemelian, told

Surfside News. “This is

all about them.”

But times are tough in

2020, and this is the only

boosters fundraiser all

year.

In addition, money that

would typically come

from the nonprofit Shark

the seat being vacated by Oscar

De la Torre, who won his

bid to serve on the Santa Monica

City Council.

The Los Angeles County

Registrar Recorder certified

the election results on Nov. 30.

De la Torre joining the council

will lead to a vacancy on

the seven-member Board of

Education with two years left

in his term.

When a vacancy happens,

Fund, which benefits

Malibu High School and

Malibu Middle School,

has been cut.

“We’re trying our best

to raise all of it here

(at the lot) so we don’t

have to take any from

the Shark Fund, because

they haven’t collected

much this year,” said Jemelian.

The pandemic might

actually help sales, she

added.

“People are staying

home, so we’re hoping

to sell more trees and do

better.”

Besides trees, the lot

California Education Code allows

for the board to appoint

someone to fill the vacancy.

An appointment must occur

60 days after a board member

resigns.

Superintendent Ben Drati

said De la Torre would need

to submit his resignation letter

before Dec. 8 when he is sworn

in as a new council member.

Drati said a new board member

would be appointed at the

also sells ornaments that

can be personalized,

along with spirit wear,

some with a nod to the

high school, others with

a general Malibu flare.

These items are inside

a portable unit and safety

precautions will be in effect.

“Only one person can

look at it at a time,” said

Jemelian.

The trees run 2 to 13

feet feet tall, and cost approximately

$49-$295,

and each comes with a

metal stand and large

water dish. (Jemelian

said she was working on

getting even taller trees.)

Wreaths run $39-$80.

“I understand there are

less expensive trees that

you can buy somewhere

else — and that they get

their trees for less than

we do,” said Jemelian.

“But we’re hoping that

the community supports

the tree lot.”

“Just support Malibu

High School, guys.

That’s all I ask for.”

Jan. 14 board meeting.

After De la Torre submits

his resignation letter, the board

will form a subcommittee to

develop an application form

for members of the community

to fill out.

Drati said that the goal is

to have the application posted

online on the district website

around Dec. 2, and applications

will be accepted for several

weeks before winter break.


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School Report: Students lift their voices in

election, even if they couldn’t vote

ESTELLE SHAH

Contributing Columnist

November was pretty

crazy.

I cannot describe how

terrific it was to see so many

students participating in the

2020 election and voicing

their opinions. It just goes

to show that we notice and

observe the issues going on

around us. We know what

will make our futures better

– and even though we

can’t vote, we can influence

those who can.

So, if your parents didn’t

vote the way you wanted,

remember for next time,

you can be pretty persuasive

if you want to be.

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Now, for the school reports.

Many Malibu High

clubs are doing what they

can to function normally. For

example, Operation Smile.

If you have any old clothes

you would like to donate, let

me know. Operation Smile

would love your help.

MHS switched schedules

recently — we only have

two days of full virtual classes

to allow for asynchronous

learning periods. I bet you

didn’t know what an asynchronous

learning period

was until it happened to you.

As I mentioned last column,

if you have an opinion

on how we’re learning, on

returning to school or staying

online, reach out to me.

The school board would

love to hear what students

— and parents — think.

Estelle Shah is a sophomore

at Malibu High School

and serves as the school’s

student representative for the

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified

School District Board of

Education. You can reach her

at estelle@shahpost.com.

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For charitable efforts in Malibu, the need is greater than ever

BARBARA BURKE

Staff Reporter

The generosity of Malibuites

is legion and, once

again, as the end of the year

approaches, area charities

are seeking donations.

Philanthropic organizations

emphasize that the

need is greater than ever

this year because COV-

ID-19 has greatly affected

the local economy.

Malibu Surfside News

explored a variety of giving

opportunities so readers

can support others in the

community.

The Shark Fund: Helping

students carry on

“Community support is

needed now more than ever

to continue the excellent

programs and services at

Malibu Middle School and

Malibu High School,” said

parent Teresa Earle, discussing

the Shark Fund’s

efforts to support programs

helping students to love

school and thrive, such as

the Parent Teacher Student

Association, Arts Angels

and the Athletic Booster

Club.

Recently, programs benefiting

from the Shark Fund

included MHS’ Model

UN and Mock Trial team

as well as the Masque Art

show.

“After the Woolsey Fire,

the pandemic, and the

new normal of distancelearning,

we need the community’s

support to continue

these fundamental

programs.” Principal Patrick

Miller said.

Students note how much

the Shark Fund has meant

to their school experience

during COVID-19.

“The Shark Fund and its

support of Arts Angels is,

to me, the best way to see

right here in our community

the power of a charitable

donation,” said Frankie

Cloete, a senior. “As choir

president this year, I know

how important funding is

so we can keep our choir

singing. Performing with

the MHS choir has truly

been fundamental to my

growth and confidence and

has kept me going through

some tough times here with

the fire and more.”

Anyone interested in

donating should go to

thesharkfund.org.

Animals in need of help

“Giving a voice to the

forgotten, rejected, and

neglected” is the mission

of Chiquita’s Friends, a

charity spearheaded by

Malibuite Geraldine Gilliland,

which rescues and

provides sanctuary and veterinarian

care to dogs and

adopts them out to suitable

homes. Chiquita’s Friends

often takes in senior, special

needs and neglected

canines and also supports

other like-minded charities.

To view all adoptable

dogs or donate, go to chiquitasfriends.org.

Ways to help Woolsey Fire

victims

Malibuite Jacqueline Peterson

is tirelessly raising

funds to support Seminole

residents who were deeply

affected by the Woolsey

Fire.

Peterson’s charity, Sharing

Opportunities Assisting

Recovery (SOAR), aims to

help support those residents

as they seek to rebuild their

lives and their community.

“When such a large disaster

strikes, it takes an

individual at least three

years to get back to normal,

if that word still exists

for them,” Peterson said.

“Now, with COVID, comes

Jeremy Hunter, an indigenous artist from Perth, Western

Australia, is creating a mural to be donated to Jacqueline

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an extra burden in addition

to what they were already

going through.”

To donate, email jacquelinep@share-recovery.org.

Veterans outreach

opportunities

The Malibu Chapter

of the Daughters of the

American Revolution is

once again adopting up

to 10 families of veterans

who are transitioning from

homelessness by providing

them with gift cards and

donated items.

“I was filled with elation

from making the veterans

feel good about themselves,”

said Jennifer Meltzer,

librarian for the Malibu

DAR chapter. “They are

so appreciative and all talk

about their military duty

and their lives. Some have

been hurt physically. They

are so friendly, and could

not be more helpful.”

Donations in the form of

checks may be sent to Patricia

O’Neill, Treasurer, 817

21st Street, Unit 3, Santa

Monica CA 90403-3025.

Tennis donations for

disadvantaged youth

Pepperdine University’s

Crest Associates is serving

others by donating tennis

equipment and supplies

through Jan. 1, 2021, to

support Pete Brown’s Tennis

Program in Los Angeles,

which benefits disadvantaged

youth to support

their tennis development

and assist them in their

leadership skills.

Here’s what’s needed:

New and older used rackets,

even if they need restringing

or grip replacements,

string packets and

reels, unused replacement

or over-grips, new tennis

equipment and closed or

used equipment in good

condition and new tennis

balls.

For more information,

email martinparkes@pepperdine.edu

or call 813-

618-0466.

Efforts to support the

homeless

Homelessness is increasing

and this holiday season,

Malibu’s Amr Naeem

is partnering with Eliza

and Eric Roberts to support

homeless individuals

through the AMR Foundation.

“We intend to use existing

infrastructures such

as hotels to help homeless

persons transition from the

street,” Naeem said. “Eliza

and I envision developing

transitional housing situations

beyond hotel rooms

in venues where clients are

given evaluations to understand

their needs, medical

care and other supportive

services to meet their

broader needs such as job

placement services.”

Naeem also noted that

throughout the pandemic,

the foundation has transported

seniors when needed

and delivered groceries to

those who were in quarantine.

The backers’ vision for

the AMR Foundation is

expansive and they seek

donations to support the effort.

“It’s completely unacceptable

for people in

America to be living on

the ground with no showers,”

Eliza said. “We have

to stop accepting the unacceptable.”

For more information,

email amrfoundation10@

gmail.com.

The arts as a catalyst for

giving

A Call2Peace Foundation

employs music, poetry,

dance and painting to raise

awareness and support local

charities.

“We provide a platform

built from the arts to

highlight and support area

charities,” said Eduardo

Del Signore, founder and

president. “Particular attention

is paid to music and

education, animal rights

and providing sustenance

and shelter for the food and

housing insecure.”

Del Signore noted that

the charity’s last performance

before COVID was

at the Westchester High

School Auditorium to benefit

Armory of Harmony,

a Malibu-based charity

founded by Richard Gibbs

that melts and smelts decommissioned

and repurchased

guns from police to

make musical instruments

to distribute to schools

across America.

ACall2Peace is also

working with Food Cycle

LA, Hope & Heart and the

East Los Angeles Women’s

Center.

“Today, Duke’s Restaurant

Malibu donated 85

pounds of cooked turkey

to be distributed to the

shelters.” Del Signore told

Malibu Surfside News on

November 28.

For more information,

email info@acall2peace.

org.

Make donations stretch

Two local charities are

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At Song-Word Art House in

Malibu Lumber Yard,

iconic songs and the people

who performed them

are interpreted through

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The intersection of legendary music and art

5

DAYS AGO

BARBARA BURKE

Staff Reporter

Malibu’s newest gallery,

Song-Word Art House, invites

visitors to first recall

lyrics of legendary songs,

their context, mood, tone and

message, and then examine

art interpreting and illustrating

the work.

It’s at that intersection of

music and art that you lean

in and closely examine large,

detailed depictions of songs,

from genres as varied as the

blues, rock, folk, hip hop and

country via media as varied

as oil, collage and bronze.

Malibu Surfside News visited

with Liz Cruz and Joe

Woolf, co-curators of Song-

Word, located at Malibu

Lumber Yard Suite 120, who

provided a tour immersed

with color, movement, fluidity

and fun.

“We search for talent all

over the world to depict the

songs we select, as our vibe

is to have the music and

lyrics connect with the artist,

who can re-energize the

song,” Woolf said. “We see

people walk in here, read the

lyrics to a song they love,

view the art and just like music

always does, it takes one

back to a certain time in their

life.”

On this date, enter the gallery

and you’re greeted by

Filippo Fiumani’s rendition

of “God” by John Lennon.

“God is a concept by which

we measure pain” — a key

phrase in the song — is inscribed

amid other phrases

immersed in an installation

embellished with Lennon’s

image.

The artist’s take on the

iconic song is accurate and

intriguing and, for a certain

generation, is a return to an

era of protest and cultural redefinition.

(View the process

video for the “God” piece by

Filippo Fiumani at vimeo.

com/454919762.)

Opening Dec. 4 is the exhibition

“Rebel Yell,” art inspired

by songs of rebellion

and featuring pieces inspired

by The Clash, Sex Pistols,

David Bowie and Childish

Gambino, among others.

A recent exhibit, “Boom

Boom Boom!” art inspired

by songs of the blues, featured

pieces whose roots are

the early delta blues songs

“Hoochie Coochie Man” by Mercedes Lagunas, inspired

by the song “Hoochie Coochie Man” by Muddy Waters.

through modern rock-infused

blues.

“The exhibition constitutes

the fine art version of a

blues music tribute album,”

Woolf said, noting that the

exhibit featured paintings

by artists from America, the

UK, France, Canada, Spain,

Portugal and Finland who

immersed viewers in tunes

by Muddy Waters, Sam

Cook, Nina Simone, Stevie

Ray Vaughn and others.

Nina Simone’s “Blackbird”

is interpreted in an

assemblage by Peter Horvath.

The colorful collage is

forceful and says as the song

does, “Your mama’s name

was lonely and your daddy’s

name was pain.” Historians

will note that Simone’s

song decried the prejudices

against Black people in the

1960s, yet, Horvath captures

the other message Simone

also proclaimed as the image

almost announces that right

is might and a person must

be forward looking.

Stevie Ray Vaughan’s

iconic blues rock song

“Pride and Joy” is illustrated

in an explosively colorful

rendition by Spanish artist

Mercedes Lagunas, whose

Mediterranean hues embody

the intense emotions exuded

by the love song’s verses.

“Well you’ve heard about

love given sight to the blind

- my baby’s lovin’ cause

the sun to shine,” and other

phrases embellish an image

of Vaughan pounding his

tune out through the canvas.

Similarly, Vaughan’s “Life

Without You” is illustrated

in a work by Finnish artist

Matti Pietar Jarvinen. The

musician’s driving guitar

style is illustrated in a mesmerizing

myriad of color and

fluid movement with a centerpiece

focusing on the guitar’s

strings and Vaughan’s

facile playing captures moments

suspended in space

and cultural memories.

Muddy Waters’ style is depicted

by Lagunas as she illustrates

the musician’s classic

tune “Hoochie Coochie

Man” in another explosion

of color and a dizzying, but

entrancing, bombardment

of the lyrics. “The Gypsy

Woman told my mother,”

and “son of a gun.”

Look close and you find

the singer’s third eye on Waters’

forehead and another on

his hand, guiding his playing,

providing viewers a

chance to peer into his world

as they enjoy the essence and

ethos of the father of Chicago

blues.

“The blues tells a story,”

John Lee Hooker said. “Every

line of the blues has a

meaning.”

Song-Word Art House’s

thesis is to provide attendees

with insights into iconic

blues songs and artists’ intriguing

and innovative interpretations

of their lyrics.

All artwork is offered for

sale at the exhibition.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m.

to 9 p.m. Wednesday through

Sunday. For more information,

go to song-word.com.

The Dish: John’s Garden has a new look and menu

BARBARA BURKE, Staff Reporter

A local favorite that has long

been a go-to spot when shopping

at the Malibu Country Mart,

John’s Garden now offers new

menu items, including a chicken

bowl ($13) chock full of tender

chicken, avocados, beans and rice,

perfectly seasoned and satiating.

Known as a place for a wide

array of vegetarian options, the

eatery offers delicious vegetarian

bowls, featuring tofu, quinoa,

beans and rice.

The black bean burger ($12) is

another tasty choice, and it’s low

cal, too, as it is wrapped in fresh,

crunchy lettuce. You know you’re

eating healthily when you bite

into this moist burger.

The store spent the quarantine

upgrading and adding a gorgeous

wooden counter from Bali, continuing

the ornate theme with matching

pots in the ample seating area.

Salad lovers will enjoy the deliciously

seasoned Caesar ($12).

The ample portion fully satisfies

and pleases the palate. Add chicken

for $4.

Of course, John’s Garden continues

to offer its traditional sandwiches,

including those informed

by Italian cuisine such as the fan

favorites Portofino, Parma and

Caprese, in addition to offering

healthy, clean, hot and scrumptious

soups that are perfect on

cold Malibu days.

If you;’re heading to the beach,

the restaurant offers a panoply

of healthy snacks, nuts and beverages

as well as a full array of

smoothies.

Order for delivery through

Door Dash, or grab your food togo.

John’s Garden is open 9 a.m. to

5 p.m. daily.

For more, go to johnsgardenmalibu.com.

Serving sandwiches, salads,

soups and shakes with the finest

and freshest ingredients makes

John’s Garden a local favorite.

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Tis the season … for shopping.

Whether you’re buying something special for Christmas,

several somethings to be opened over Hanukkah (which begins Dec. 10),

looking for a place to get creative for Kwanzaa

or need that special winter solstice gift,

the shops in Malibu have it all.

May our Holiday Gift Guide be a source of inspiration

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A Season of Giving at

Malibu Lumber Yard

This holiday season is certainly

one like no other. The Malibu Lumber

Yard is focused on creating innovative

ways to give back, support the

community and celebrate this magical

season. Now that the major renovation

of the courtyard and PCHfacing

façade is complete, we are

proud to safely bring the community

together for the following events:

Holiday Boutique: Saturday, Dec. 5,

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We are partnering with Malibu and

Webster Elementary Schools to host

the Holiday Boutique on Dec. 5 in

our center courtyard. Shop a unique

collection of clothing, jewelry, pottery

and gift items and 10 percent of

sales will support the schools. Several

Malibu Lumber Yard retailers are

also participating with a percentage

sales donation.

Merry Merry Malibu: Saturday, Dec.

12, 1 to 4 p.m.

Our annual Merry Merry Malibu

celebration will feature complimentary

to-go holiday items including

craft kits for the kids, hot chocolate

and cider. Our take-out Bubble Bar

will feature Strange Wine festive

sparkling cocktails paired with gourmet

potato chips. Shop our stores –

either in-person or by curbside pickup

– for holiday specials and unique

gift items and pose for complimentary

family and pet photos in front of

our twinkling collection of holiday

trees.

Lighting of the Menorah, Thursday,

Dec. 18, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Join the Chabad of Malibu for the

Lighting of the Menorah in the Malibu

Lumber Yard courtyard to celebrate

the Festival of Lights. Join the

festivities via Facebook Live or stop

by in-person for a Hanukkah gift bag.

We are committed to our guests’ and

tenants’ safety, so masks and strict

social distancing are required at all

times. We look forward to welcoming

your family to Malibu Lumber

Yard this holiday season, to spread

joy and create meaningful memories.

Submitted by Malibu Lumber Yard, 3939

Cross Creek Road; themalibulumberyard.com.

@malibulumberyard.

Holiday sights — and lights — are everywhere you look at

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May Your Holiday Season be filled with Love, Peace,

Family, and Hopefulness for a Brighter 2021. We are

Grateful for Your Support This Past Year.

Our collection of unique boutiques & galleries are

open and feature a wonderful array of gifts for those

special people on your shopping list. We offer Retail

& Dining To-Go as well as curbside pickup for your

added safety.

Some of our tenants Include: James Perse, Maxfield,

Intermix, Crôwn, Bleusalt, Malibu Contemporary Art,

Song Word Art House, Café Habana, Strange Family

Vineyards, and John Henry Salon

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Barefoot Dreams is

a world of laughter,

cuddles, love and play

The holiday season evokes a sense of

love, compassion and family, three principles

Barefoot Dreams has stood behind for

the last 26 years.

Barefoot Dreams is committed to designing

the coziest products for you, your loved

ones and your home, with ultra-soft blankets

and throws, pillows, robes, loungewear, apparel,

candles and accessories, as well as licensed

Disney products.

We invite you to stay cozy and chic this

holiday season with Barefoot Dreams. Enter

the world of laughter, cuddles, love and

play! That’s the world of Barefoot Dreams.

Submitted by Barefoot Dreams, 23401 Civic

Center Way, Suite 3D. For more information,

call 310-594-7220.

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uniquely structured in that

they partner with other charities

to benefit the greater

good.

MALIBUGIVES brings

solutions for mental health

and fundraising with Transformative

Plays (transformativeplays.org).

“These are

socially relevant, downloadable

plays that heal,” said

Lenise Soren, chairwoman

and founder of MALIBU-

GIVES and the development

producer of Transformative

Plays. “Carl Stillitano, Malibu

playwright, via New York,

makes reading a fun, interactive

experience.”

Soren elaborated, saying,

“People read and re-read these

plays and the plays give — not

only in their quality of writing,

but also because we are donating

50 percent of the proceeds

from the sales of each play to

chosen nonprofits, wellness

initiatives and entrepreneurs

via their custom code on the

website.”

Soren discussed the expansive

vision for MALIBU-

GIVES.

“We hope to create a considerable

amount of cash flow

where it’s needed and to also

create a superb vehicle for actors

to give to their favorite

charities by using their talent

in purposeful work with audio

recordings and live and recorded

play readings that are

coming to Malibu soon.”

MALIBUGIVES’ new

home is a 2,300-square-foot

multi-purposeful sanctuary

with rooftop event space to

collaborate and support other

nonprofits. Soren characterized

the space as a one-of-akind

place to create content

and fundraise with live shows

offering life-size crystals and

wellness, meditation, performances

and art exhibitions.

To find out more, call 310)-

589-ROCK, email transformativeplays@gmail.com

or

malibugives@gmail.com.

Malibuite Jane Seymour’s

Open Hearts Foundation, now

in its 10th year, made its biggest

impact in the midst of

the pandemic by creating an

emergency relief fund, hosting

virtual volunteer events online

and challenging the world to

help others in its #OpenHeartedChallenge,

a mobile app, according

to Seymour and Trena

Pitchford, executive director

of the charity.

“We’ve had an incredible

year of giving,” Seymour told

Malibu Surfside News. “With

every crisis there is an opportunity.”

Seymour noted that she

created an Open Hearts infinity

scarf to raise funds to

support outreach efforts and

she auctioned some of her artwork

to benefit Open Hearts’

#MakeASeniorSmile virtual

volunteer hour and the foundation’s

various other efforts.

The emergency relief fund

was created in April and invested

more than $284,550.00

in grants to 22 charities on the

frontlines of the pandemic,

serving women and children

including foster youth, domestic

violence victims, food

banks, those needing PPE

equipment and formerly incarcerated

women with children,

among other causes, Pitchford

said.

The Open Hearts Foundation’s

charity partners are

highlighted at openheartsfoundation.org,

and include

Malibu-based Children’s Lifesaving

Foundation, which was

awarded a $25,000 matching

grant to support the Step Forward

Family Emergency Fund

Campaign.

For more information, email

info@openheartsfoundation.

org or call 855-852-1367.

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Gifts that connect: That’s Albertina

This year, more than

ever, gifts that connect us

are so important. Inherent

in fine jewelry is that it

links gift givers and recipients

together in a personalized

and cherished way.

This time last year, a

small holiday gift later

inspired a round of gifts

connecting some of Malibu’s

heroes. The original

gift was given by a local

mom to the director of

Children’s Creative Workshop

(CCW) and longtime

lifeguard Shari Latta. It

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silver earrings inspired by

the CCW curriculum. One

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the other was the name

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earrings, Winnie Johnson,

owner of Albertina, a fine

jewelry store in Malibu’s

Trancas Country Market

that specializes in unique,

locally made fine jewelry,

about ordering Zuma

studs for all the female

lifeguards on the team.

Winnie had just designed

the earrings for

the store and gave them to

Shari because the school

took field trips to the

lifeguard headquarters at

Zuma and to the Wishtoyo

Chumash Village. They

learned an origin story

about how the Chumash

crossed a rainbow bridge

from the islands; those

who fell into the water

were said to become dolphins.

“Seeing behind the

scenes at the lifeguard

HQ was awe-inspiring. I

came away with a greater

understanding and such

a huge appreciation for

what those folks do,” she

said. “To have these women

who do so much for

our community wearing

earrings I designed is a

dream come true. I had to

get in on the gift and added

‘mates’ so they would

each have a mismatched

pair like Shari’s.”

Latta said “the team was

very surprised and happy

and it was fun to give back

to young women as teamwork

is so important in

our job.”

The earrings and other

special gifts are available

at the Albertina store and

website, albertina.com.

Submitted by Albertina, 30745

Pacific Coast Highway. For

more information, call 310-

457-8632.

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Toys for Tots

For many years, one of

the premier holiday traditions

in Malibu has been

the annual party to support

Toys for Tots. Spearheaded

by the Malibu Navy

League, Pepperdine and

First Bank, the effort boldly

carries on, sans the party.

Donors can drop off unwrapped

toys for the effort

at First Bank, 3822 Cross

Creek Road, Suite 3850

during banking hours as

well as at any Malibu Fire

Station from 8 a.m. to 8

p.m.

According to John

Payne of the Malibu Navy

League, the Marines at Port

Hueneme will pick up the

donations between Dec.

7-11.

“Our goal is to distribute

toys to 20,000 families,”

said Staff Sergeant Christopher

Cruz, Toys for Tots

coordinator. “We want to

help families at this difficult

time.”

Cruz noted that toy donations

are preferred, but if

people donate money, the

organization will purchase

toys.

For information, email

port.hueneme.ca@toysfortots.org.

Helping foster youth and

juveniles

Hiptique, a boutique in

Trancas Country Market,

is collecting for the annual

Women of Substance and

Men of Honor Christmas

gift bags. WOSMOH is a

nonprofit dedicated to providing

support for foster

and juvenile youth, according

to Jessica Lundquist,

who is coordinating the effort.

Donations that are needed

include snack items such

as noodles, popcorn, individual

chips, juice boxes,

cookies, candy bars and

hot cocoa packets, as well

as toiletries such as body

wash and small non-spiral

notepads and stamped envelopes.

Donations can be

dropped off at Hiptique,

30745 Pacific Coast Highway.

Teen volunteers are

needed to help with gift

bag assembly from 10 a.m.

to noon Dec. 12. Lundquist

said parents are welcome to

join in the effort as well.

For more information

regarding donating or volunteering,

email jessicalundquistwork@gmail.com.

Christmas caroling and

online shopping

Pepperdine’s Lisa Smith

Wengler Center for the Arts

will host its annual Holiday

Boutique online this year.

The event starts at 10 a.m.

Dec. 1 with a livestream

kickoff and runs through

Dec. 11.

“The Arts benefit supports

our ARTSReach

program, which brings

arts, theatre and music

to school children from

our Center for the Arts,”

said Rebecca A. Carson,

managing director for the

Center for the Arts. “Normally,

the program provides

free performances

and museum tours to thousands

of kids throughout

Los Angeles and Ventura

counties.”

Signing up for the event

is free. Carson noted that

there is a short video featuring

Christmas carols sung

by Pepperdine Students and

alumni. Then, online shopping

begins.

Check out the merriment

and the host of vendors at

arts.pepperdine.edu.


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MALIBU SURFSIDE NEWS | December 2, 2020 | 29

Malibu High Theatre students tackle

dungeons, dragons and “Monsters”

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12

DAYS AGO

SCOTT STEEPLETON, Editor

For a typical production, Malibu

High Theatre Department students

perform on a single stage.

“She Kills Monsters,” the

school’s Dec. 4-5 streaming offering,

will slay that way of thinking.

Because the pandemic is limiting

on-campus interaction, students

under Theatre Arts Director

Jodi Plaia recorded Qui Nguyen’s

“journey of discovery and actionpacked

adventure” from multiple

stages, aka their homes.

The audience, in turn, will be

watching from theirs.

“She Kills Monsters” tells the

story of Agnes Evans, who leaves

her childhood home in Ohio following

the death of her parents

and little sister, Tilly. The girls

were never close, but finding

Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons

notebook catapults Agnes “into

the imaginary world that was her

sister’s refuge.”

The play, from the Vietnam

American founder of Vampire

Cowboys Theatre Company —

“America’s best known geek

theatre company” — debuted in

2011 and is packed with 1990s

pop culture. The version to be

performed in Malibu has been

adapted to the virtual realm.

“It’s been an interesting experience

directing a show on Zoom,”

Plaia told Surfside News. “I

missed being in person with my

theater students, and there were

lots of new challenges to problem

solve along the way, but I

think we’ve been able to produce

something to be proud of.”

“In rehearsals, which was all

done over Zoom,” he added, “we

further adapted it to highlight the

fact that the characters in the play

are actually on Zoom. We worked

on character development just

like we would normally do for the

stage, tackling the show like any

other show.”

Senior Kira Smit plays Agnes.

“She kind of starts off the play

as this ditsy cheerleader, who

cares about what she wears, her

boyfriend, her grades, she’s very

focused on school,” the 17-yearold

told Surfside News. “Along the

adventure, she begins to question

whether that’s all there is to life.”

Agnes starts out knowing little

about D&D, said Kira. “There

are evil fairies, demon queens,

demons. She has no idea what’s

going on at all … She starts realizing

it’s real people that are playing

these roles.

Along the way, “She comes to

confront the guilt over not knowing

her sister very well, and she

develops into a more accepting

person.”

Kira, who plans to attend UC

Berkeley, majoring in immunology,

molecular genetics or microbiology,

said she played her part

from her desk in her bedroom.

“It was weird acting in the

same place I am learning school.

It’s been a weird year,” she said.

To help make the production

work, the students received all

the equipment they needed, from

lights to cameras to green screens.

(Kira borrowed her younger

brother’s green screen.)

Like other Zoom “meetings,”

production on “Monsters” had the

occasional glitch.

“There were these times when

you’d be in a scene, then the Zoom

dropped, their wifi dropped,” said

Kira.

All the material is now in postproduction,

in preparation for the

two-day run.

“It’s definitely been a weird experience,

doing theater on Zoom,”

said Kira. “It was cool to explore

a new medium. It was still theater

acting, but making sure you have

Malibu High Theatre

Department’s “She Kills

Monsters” has been adapted for

the virtual realm.

enough energy to portray what you

need to be portraying on a screen.”

While Kira hasn’t seen the finished

product, she’s excited about

what she and the others have done.

“Everyone should come watch

it,” she said. “It has a good heart

and it’ll be a good piece of entertainment.”

“She Kills Monsters” streams 7

p.m. Dec. 4 and 5 on Zoom, followed

by a Q-and-A session each

day. The household streampass is

$25 at malibuhs.booktix.com.

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COVID hits local urgent care — in the wallet

BARBARA BURKE

Staff Reporter

The pandemic is having

an impact on Malibu’s sole

urgent care facility as patient

visits drop, and along

with them reimbursements

from insurance.

Malibu Surfside News

visited with the new director

of Malibu Urgent Care,

Dr. Dan Katz, who obtained

his medical degree from

the UC San Diego School

of Medicine, was an emergency

medicine resident at

UCLA and is certified as an

advanced cardiac, trauma

and pediatric life support

provider, to gain an understanding

of the clinic’s need

for donations and his longterm

vision for the clinic.

“The clinic is currently

experiencing financial struggles,”

he said. “Malibu lost

a lot of its population in the

Woolsey Fire and in response

to the resulting decrease in

patient volume, Malibu Urgent

Care decided to accept

more insurance plans, which

traditionally compensate at a

Dr. Dan Katz

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lower level.”

When COVID-19 hit, the

clinic was significantly affected.

“In Covid, we saw a

tremendous drop in our

patient levels, decreasing

from approximately 40 to

50 patients a day to sometimes

only 10 patients a

day,” he said. “Because of

the call to socially distance,

members of the community

interpreted that message

as a call for medical isolation,

causing a tremendous

decrease in the number of

patients who came into

our clinic, especially from

March to June, and that significantly

affected the bottom

line because we chose

to stay open, and I have to

pay staff and pay expenses

to operate the practice.”

Dr. Katz emphasized that

all of the doctors at the clinic

are emergency room physicians.

“We can very effectively

address patient issues

5

DAYS AGO

that often border on necessitating

emergency room-level

care due to our expertise,”

he said. “Approximately 80

percent of the emergency

room services can be obtained

at our clinic.”

Katz explained how the

clinic follows pandemic

safety guidelines.


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MALIBU SURFSIDE NEWS | December 2, 2020 | 31

Ross sets Pepperdine men’s basketball

scoring record in 3ot defeat

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DAYS AGO

SUBMITTED BY PEPPERDINE

UNIVERSITY, Roger Horne

SAN DIEGO — Colbey

Ross became the all-time

leading scorer in Pepperdine

men’s basketball history

and poured in a gamehigh

33 points, but #22

UCLA prevailed in a tripleovertime

thriller, 107-98,

on Nov. 27 at San Diego

State’s multi-team event.

Ross, a candidate for

the Naismith and Cousy

awards, now stands at 1,809

career points and surpassed

Stacy Davis’ total of 1,786

points between 2013-16.

The Waves (1-1) led 39-

32 at halftime but trailed

the Bruins (1-1) by six with

three minutes left in regulation

before rallying to tie

the game at 70 and send it

to OT. Pepperdine trailed

for most of the first overtime

but Ross scored on a

runner with six seconds left

to tie the contest at 81, leading

to the second overtime.

A late free throw by

UCLA tied the game at 89

and sent it to a third overtime.

The Bruins hit a pair

of three-pointers early in the

third OT and were finally

able to put the Waves away.

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The contest featured a total

of 13 lead changes and

19 ties. A combined total

of five players fouled out,

including three of Pepperdine’s

starters.

BIG WAVES

Senior guard Colbey Ross

(Aurora, Colo./Eaglecrest

High School) recorded the

sixth 30-point game of his

career, tying him for second

all-time with the Waves. His

record-breaking points came

on three free throws with

15 seconds remaining in

the first half. He made three

three-pointers, went 10-for-

12 from the foul line and had

six rebounds, three assists

and two steals. He played all

55 minutes of the contest.

Junior forward Kessler Edwards

(Rancho Cucamonga/

Etiwanda High School) had

17 points and five rebounds

but fouled out at the start of

the first overtime.

Sophomore forward

Jan Zidek (Prague, Czech

Republic) contributed 14

points, nine of them coming

in overtime, along with

five rebounds.

Junior guard Jade’ Smith

(Oakland/St. Joseph Notre

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Dame High School) had 12

points and four rebounds.

Grad transfer forward

Kene Chukwuka (Stockholm,

Sweden/Pitt) notched

10 points and five rebounds

but fouled out late in regulation.

KEY STATS

UCLA shot 43.9 percent

overall to Pepperdine’s 40

percent.

The Waves attempted 41

three-pointers — the program’s

second-most ever in a

game — and made nine (22

percent). UCLA went 10-for-

34 (29.4 percent).

Pepperdine was one of

the best free throw shooting

teams in the country last year

and the Waves went 29-for-

33 (87.9 percent). The Bruins

nearly had some costly misses

and went 25-for-37 (67.6

percent).

UCLA put five players

in double-figures. Chris

Smith had 26 points and 12

rebounds, Tyger Campbell

scored 22 points and Jaime

Jacquez Jr. had 16 points and

11 rebounds.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Waves played a strong

first half, particularly in the

latter end. Leading 25-24,

Smith and Edwards hit threepointers

to put Pepperdine

up seven. The Waves took

their largest lead of the game

at nine at 39-30 following

Ross’ record-breaking free

throws with 15 seconds left,

and it was 39-32 at the break.

A 13-2 UCLA run near

the start of the second half

put the Bruins in front 47-

Colbey Ross.

SUBMITTED PHOTO/RON HALL/

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY

44. The Waves’ last lead of

the second half was at 56-54

with 8 1/2 minutes left after

a Ross jumper. UCLA went

up by six at 68-62 with three

minutes to go, but the Waves

fought back and tied it at

70 on a Smith three-pointer

with 59 seconds left. Both

teams had multiple opportunities

for a game-winner but

misfired.

A Ross three-pointer

gave Pepperdine an early

73-71 lead in the first OT,

but UCLA scored the next

six points. Ross tied it at 77

on a three-point play with

1:33 left. He tied it again

at 81 with six seconds left

on a runner in the lane, and

UCLA missed a shot at the

buzzer.

The schools traded baskets

for the start of the second

overtime. Zidek hit a short

hook shot with 1:07 left,

putting Pepperdine ahead

89-88. UCLA had four free

throws in the final 10 seconds

but made just one, tying

the game. The Waves missed

a shot at the buzzer.

The Bruins made six of

their nine field-goal attempts

in the third overtime, outscoring

the Waves 18-9 to

finally end the contest.


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